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Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative

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Knowledge – Action Socio-Ecological Systems Organizational Innovation

Knowledge – Action
Knowledge – Action Collaborative
Maine’s universities and colleges produce knowledge that can help communities solve sustainability challenges, but oftentimes, this knowledge isn’t used. The Knowledge to Action (K-A) Collaborative at the University of Maine is studying ways to better align university research with community needs and improve collaboration between researchers and stakeholders on key sustainability challenges throughout the state…

Socio-Ecological Systems
SES Synergy: Finding and Applying Best Practices in Socio-ecological Systems Modeling and Outreach
SSI research studies coupled socio-ecological systems (SES) to advance knowledge about sustainability and action toward it. However, because teams and study systems vary across the portfolio, SES modeling approaches also vary significantly.  This methodological diversity provides a rare opportunity to gather lessons on how to best employ SES models within a solutions-driven sustainability science program…

Organizational Innovation
System Analysis of SSI: Navigating Perspectives, Paradigms and Problemscapes
SSI aims to bring together faculty members in interdisciplinary teams to solve sustainability problems with stakeholders. This complex system is both embedded within other institutional, geographic, social, ecological, and economic systems, and encompasses many other complex systems including stakeholder, scientific, social, other institutional systems…

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Contact Information

Senator George J. Mitchell Center & Maine's Sustainability Solutions Initiative
5710 Norman Smith Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207.581.3244E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System